I'm not the fastest guy in the world but this year I noticed I'm slower then I was just a few months ago. I havent done H.I.T cardio on the elliptical for 2-3 months and I think thats the main reason for loss of speed. What do you guys think? I play semi pro football by the way.
It all depends on how you're measuring speed I suppose. If you're merely measuring a 500ft sprint then form may be a possible reason for slower times. When I was training for a scholarship for playing ball I actually trained with runners on the side and studied how they started and their first 10 paces. It makes quite a difference. If you feel that you perform better when you go for high intensity on the elliptical I would get back into it. I never really felt like it made a huge difference for me, but everyone's different. Good luck!
You have to factor in game speed. If the main thing you're doing for speed is elliptical training, you're going to improve your ability to exercise on an elliptical. You have to do training that applies to football. Running sprints would be a heck of a lot better than an elliptical workout. Use the elliptical as a supplemental workout, but your main training should be on the field.
If you haven't done anything for the past few months, you're most likely out of shape, which makes you slower too. I know I usually run sprints at the track, but have run distance for the past couple of months, so I'd be slower if I were to sprint right now.
were running at practice and I thinking the elliptical could factor in because I havent been doin it. Thats the only thing I'm not doing from last year. I got faster as the year went along I know i'll be fine by feb, its just drivin me nuts now.
Sprint speed is very much a variablr based on training status
Have you done any specic speed gain drills recently? Such as SAQ workouts and bungee runs? They're great to force the speed back into your legs
What training have you done over the last 2-3 months? Has it been your off season?
just running sprints im just comparing speed from this season to last. My season doesnt start til feb so its not a big deal.
At this stage in your periodisation I wouldn't read into things too much
I presume you're just easing your way back into training
Cross training is a great way to gain fitness at this time of the year in general so the eliptical would be a good thing to get back on for a short period of time
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